In all of their starchy glory, potatoes are arguably one of the most versatile vegetables. You can roast them or bake them or fry them, but it's still hard to beat mashed potatoes. Tired of traditional mashed potatoes? Try mashing them with avocado instead of butter. With recipes like mashed potato dumplings, fritters, and even fluffy brownies with mashed potatoes in the batter, our best mashed potato recipes prove the possibilities are endless for this creamy comfort food. Jenny Huang | Food Stylist: Laura Rege | Prop Stylist: Vanessa Vazquez
Julia Child’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Leave it to the potato-loving Irish to dream up colcannon, spuds mashed with finely chopped cabbage and enriched with lots of cream.
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Passing cooked potatoes through the fine holes of a potato ricer ensures a silky consistency for this ultrarich side.
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This Iowa-style noodles dish is a carb-lovers paradise: Creamy mashed potatoes, tender hand-made noodles, warm brown gravy.
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Mashed potatoes go green with avocado and cilantro in this bright recipe.
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A creamy mashed potato filling is coated in instant mashed potato flakes and potato starch before being pan-fried to a flawless golden crust.
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The unexpected addition of mashed potatoes adds an exceptional creaminess to dark chocolate fudge in this recipe adapted from Patty Pinner’s cookbook
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These flavorful mashed potatoes are spiced with mustard seeds, fresh curry leaves, turmeric, and ginger, and mixed with peas.
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This Mumbai street-food snack was inspired by a recipe from cookbook author and teacher Raghavan Iyer. Mashed potatoes are seasoned with cumin, mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, and chile; balls of the aromatic mash are then coated in a turmeric-accented chickpea-flour batter and deep-fried until crisp and golden.
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To make these crisp-crusted fritters, mashed potatoes blended with pan-fried shallots and freshly grated nutmeg are dipped in beaten egg and fried.
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Kroppkakor, hearty mashed potato dumplings stuffed with an allspice-laden filling of bacon and onion, are a specialty of Oland, an island off the southern coast of Sweden.
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Homemade lemon mayonnaise adds zesty flavor to these tender, coarsely mashed potatoes.
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These easy pancakes are made from a mash of roasted sweet potatoes. They get a fiery kick from Thai chiles and a crispy crust from a coating of panko.
Maple syrup enhances the sweetness of this simple sweet potato mash.
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Earthy celery root and nutty Grana Padano cheese add intrigue to this otherwise classic mashed potato recipe. Jenny Huang | Food Stylist: Laura Rege | Prop Stylist: Vanessa Vazquez